September 2010 Archives

Sept. 30: Ezekiel 33

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the watchman's duty In this remarkable passage, Ezekiel's office as a prophet in Israel is compared to the position of a watchman: 'So you, son of man, I have made a watchman for the house of Israel' (Ezekiel 33:7). The... continue

Sept. 29: Ps. 80 & Gal. 5

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The Vine and its Fruit Psalm 80 contains a beautiful image of God's work of redemption. Israel is compared to a vine, growing in Egypt, but transplanted and settled in a different soil. God's work of grace was the work... continue

Sept. 28: 2 Sam. 24

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When counting people can be a sin... One would think that it would be no big deal for a king to take a census of his people. That is what we find David doing in 2 Samuel 24; but for... continue

Sept. 27: 2 Sam 23

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"The best way to die"The 'words of David' appear copiously throughout the Scriptures. Many of them are in the Book of Psalms, of course, and many of these, in turn, appear in the New Testament, where their ultimate meaning is... continue

September 22: Ezek 25

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Among the nations that Ezekiel singles out for attention in chapter 25 is Edom (25:12-14). 'Edom' or 'Seir' (25:8) was where Jacob's twin brother, Esau, went, and 'Edomites' is the Bible's name for Esau's descendants (Gen. 32:3). Following the siege... continue

September 21: Ez 24

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Something is cooking on Ezekiel's stove (Ezek. 24:3b; cf. 11:3). It is a "parable" (24:3a) in which God's people and they are being boiled. And the smell coming from the pot is nasty! The pot is corroded (24:12) and instead... continue

September 17: 2 Cor 6

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2 Corinthians 6 continues the flood of gospel-saturated exclamations that have been flowing from Paul's pen since chapter 2.  Now he reminds his readers that the age of the gospel is here, and, more specifically, that as that gospel lays... continue

September 16: 2 Cor 5

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One of the common cliches of the modern evangelical church is that the church in the past has been too heavenly minded and we need to focus on creation and claiming it for Christ - whether we conceive of that... continue

September 15: 2 Cor 4

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2 Corinthians 4 is a particularly important chapter for those in ministry and, indeed, for every believer.  Building on the argument of earlier chapters, Paul points first to the fact that his ministry is something he has by the grace... continue

September 14: 2 Cor 3

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In 2 Corinthians 3, Paul talks about the glory of the ministry which has been entrusted to him in a passage which draws a stark contrast between the old covenant and the new. The old covenant was indeed glorious. While Paul... continue
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